Originally scheduled for September 19
Practically all churches, and all denominations, have a series of
formal ceremonies called Rites. Let me spell that for you: RlIlTlElS.
It’s not the same word as “rights” or “writes.” The number of such
ceremonies varies by the church or denomination, but two that are
almost universally recognized are baptism and communion. Such a
ceremony is usually associated with something of great importance in
the church. Baptism is associated with entry into the church;
communion celebrates the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
What you might not have noticed about these two ceremonies, in
particular communion, is that there is no distinction between the
sexes in either of these. It’s the same communion for male as it is
for female. This may seem obvious, but in the early church they
looked to the Old Testament law in which there was plenty of such
distinction. The entry ritual was circumcision! Communion is a good
example Paul’s statement:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man,
there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ
(Galatians 3:28 NASB)
We recognize that male and female are not necessarily
interchangeable parts. So in what way do we recognize this equality
Men and women are equally the object of divine love. That love is
infinite; that which is infinite has no degrees.
They have the same spiritual privileges. Both are indwelt by the
Holy Spirit; both share the same Lord, the same faith and the same
baptism. They are part of one family — the family of God.
All of us are in service to the same Lord, and are obedient to him.
The blessings of obedience are not reserved for one sex.
We all hold to the same hopes and expectations — the return of our
Lord, the judgment to come in the new Heaven and new Earth.
So how should the child of God react to this?
Take it seriously. Look at this not just as an empty ritual but a
recognition who you really are, eternally.
Rejoice in your salvation! Don’t take it for granted.
Remember — you are a child of God. Communion is a reminder of that.
So during the week, act like a child of God – love one another.